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the state of wisconsin, also pat houston, whitney houston's sister-in-law and manager and jeopardy champion ken jennings written a new book. it's tuesday, december 4th, "starting point" begins right now. >>> welcome everybody, you're watching "starting point." we're honored this morning to have the former british prime minister tony blair with us as our guest. he's going to be weighing in as a number of topics. we're going to talk about the fiscal cliff, we're going to talk about the global economy. we're going to talk about the civil war in syria. we'll talk about the royal baby coming soon. first we want to get right to zoraida sambolin for an update on the day's top stories. >> soledad, the fiscal cliff debacle, with 28 days remaining before drastic tax hikes and spending cuts take effect, a republican spending plan has been rejected by the white house. brianna keilar is live from washington. what now, brianna? >> well, right now it's about the pressure building and the clock kicking, zoraida. as house republicans in the white house try to ultimately broker a deal between two very differ
from ports from boston to houston. coming up. plus the fbi has again released its file on marilyn monroe. this time minus all of the redactions. what the documents say about her and her suspected ties to communism ahead. and word that president george h.w. bush is improving and even singing in the hospital. that's coming up as we approach the bottom of the hour and the top of the news. [ cellphone chirping ] [ buzzing ] bye dad. drive safe. k. love you. [ chirping, buzzing continues ] [ horn honks ] [ buzzing continues ] [ male announcer ] the sprint drive first app. blocks and replies to texts while you drive. we can live without the &. visit sprint.com/drive. [ male announcer ] it started long ago. the joy of giving something everything you've got. it takes passion. and it's not letting up anytime soon. at unitedhealthcare insurance company, we understand that commitment. and always have. so does aarp, an organization serving the needs of americans 50 and over for generations. so it's no surprise millions have chosen an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedh
of them is republican congressman from georgia, jack houston. there's a lot at stake in america and international economies as well. can you reassure them that you will come to some sort of a deal? >> i think that we will. we're in the early stages of the serious negotiations and that president -- the president has put forth an offer and speaker john boehner has put forth that offer. the fact that this is rejected is to be expected but it is testing ground. we have seen that between them have gone through this process. i believe we will get there. both sides so that we cannot win are refusing to compromise. we both have our right to be here and we have countered with some revenue in places. we want to see what the president will do in terms of cuts. where are concerned about the deficit. i believe we will get there. i really do. >> you are a perennial optimist. you make everything seem sunny. we are at a stalemate. republicans do not want to raise taxes and democrats to know what to -- do not want to cut spending. >> the president has the political upper hand. if nothing happens
been in a houston hospital for a month and since sunday he has been in the intensive care unit treated for a cough and persistent fever. while mr. bush admits he is a bit under the weis about as fl go. a e-mail from his chief of staff, gene becker says quote, is he sick? yes. does owe plan on going anywhere soon? no. but the noted as, would tell you to put the harps back in the closet. gregg: good sense of humor. back to our top story. all eyes on washington where president obama will meet with congressional leaders to make one more attempt to craft a deal to avert looming tax hikes and spending cuts. with most of the hoist members on vacation until sunday night, no plan in sight. how much can actually be accomplished. susan fereccio joins us now. chief congressional correspondent for the "washington examiner". we're seeing dianne feinstein there on the senate floor. it is vacant on the house side. so in truth how much is really going to get done? >> well, gregg, a lot of this negotiations are really taking place between the leadership levels right now. we don't really have to worry ab
is in guarded condition. he is 88 years old and the former president has been hospitalized in houston since november 23rd. bronchitis and a lingering cough. we'll get a live report on his condition later on in the newscast. patti ann: those are just some of the many stories we're following this morning in "america's newsroom." still to come a new battle over the president's health care law and the supreme court's latest ruling against one of america's largest companies and what they denied and what this could mean for other employers. gregg: the storm system working its way up the coastline causing messy traffic, airport delays. we've got video from one of the hardest-hit areas. >> pretty rough. we've seen a lot of accidents this far in ohio turnpike. and wish people would slow down a little bit, you know? it's pretty slick. copd makes it hard to breathe, but with advair, i'm breathing better. so now i can be in the scene. advair is clinically proven to help significantly improve lung function. unlike most copd medications, advair contains both an anti-inflammatory and a long-acting broncho
. >>> he has been in the houston hospital for more than a month and now former president george h.w. bush is doing in his intensive care. y more than you . only citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest price. and if it finds one, you get refunded the difference. just use your citi card and register your purchase online. have a super sparkly day! ok. [ male announcer ] now all you need is a magic carriage. citi price rewind. start saving at citi.com/pricerewind. >>> he was hoping to be home by christmas, but former president george h.w. bush is still in afternoon intensive care unit at a houston hospital. the former president has been there since november 23rd. migue miguel, how is he doing? >> reporter: well, his condition is guarded in intensive care and his spokesman said the reason they put him in intensive care is because doctors want to keep track of several things going on with the former president. he ha been here for a lit over a month. he is 8 years old. he has a fever he can't quite kick. they're treating it with things like tylenol and other things. it's not that
iraqis. president bush remains hospitalized in houston in methodist hospital he had a statement that reads in part. he is one of the great military leaders of his generation. a distinguished member of the long gray line hailing from west point, general norman schwarzkopf to me epitomized duty, service, country and creed that defended our country's freedom and seen the nation through our most trying international crisis. he was appointed general and appointed commander-in-chief of u.s. central command. he prepared a detailed plan for defense of saudi oil fields against the iraqis. general colin powell released this statement in part, with the passing of general norman schwarzkopf, america has lost a great patriot and soldier. he has served his country with distinguished patriot him for 35 years. general schwarzkopf could have died in tampa. he was 78 years old. harris: general schwarzkopf could have credited again with leading the u.s. to victory in the first gulf war. stay close. we'll be right back. harris: right now some crime headlines we're keeping an eye on. three police of
until kickoff. that's when tom brady and the pats destroyed houston. brady threw four td passes and new england led 28-0 before houston got on the board. >> >> the texans take a long flight back to houston after getting hammered 42-14. new england has now won seven straight, but the texans have the afc east best record by one game. >> i feel your pain, houston. >>> coming up next, santa's busiest helpers are going to follow the path of a pie and how it makes it to its holiday destination. >>> but first, how a little girl is proving to be an inspiration for anyone who needs to shed a few pounds. that's coming up. ♪ >>> "world news weather" brought to you by lifestyle lift. [ female announcer ] think coarse facial hair removal has to be painful? challenge that with new olay facial hair removal duo. a two-step process that removes even coarse, stubborn facial hair gently. plenty of gain, without all that pain... with olay. hd3 >>> losing weight is pretty tough for adults. but for a 9-year-old who was almost 200 pounds, it can be crushing. >> but breanna lost nearly a third of her size wi
and looking around. >> seven pound one houston of joy is always dads apple in the eye. >> we didn't think it would come around noontime. certainly it wasn't planned. >> this is the last sequential date and they think it's luck. >> ten dollar, i got a two dollar win. i got two dollar win. >> for others, they are using to bet on romance. >> it's going to be beautiful. on top of it, i'm going to renew my vows. >> he and his wife decided today would be the perfect day to tie the knot. city put out a call to love birds wanting to get hitched suggesting that it would be an anniversary date they would never forget. >> it has some meaning to us. >> at 12 p.m., that is really good. >> even the moon has a role to play. according to nasa, 12 is the number of astronauts who walked on the surface of the moon, perfect for couples today who are floating on air. >> i just want to be happy. we'll spend the rest of lives with each other. >> we wanted to know if it had boosted a sale in lottery tickets. we reached out to officials but we didn't hear back in time. if you are looking for another date to bet o
, oxygen tank two blew up causing oxygen tank one to fail. >> houston, we have a problem. >> houston we have a problem, words forever linked to commander jim loveville. >> when the explosion occurred i thought to myself, why me? why didn't i go on apollo 12 or wait to apollo 14. for a little while i couldn't believe what was happening and then all of a sudden i said, well it is me and it is now. so what's next? jon: jim lovell, one of my all-time heroes. you can catch the entire documentary, fox news reporting, fly me to the moon, airing this sunday 9:00 p.m. eastern time right here on fox news channel. heather: i will definitely tune in for that. that is a good one. you heard of pacemakers for the heart but how about one for the brain? a promises new break through offering hope to alzheimer's patients. >>> plus how do you like your cup of joe? these elephants help make one of the world's most exotic coffees. 50 bucks a serving. the coffee beans, that's a whole different story. stay tuned. ligations, but oblig. ligations, but oblig. i need to rethink the core of my portfolio. what i rea
at wright university in houston, joining us now from houston. good morning. >> good morning, charlie. >> secretary baker, what do you think the government of assad, president assad might do with these chemical weapons? is he capable, likely to use them? >> well, i have no idea, charlie. but if there's evidence, if our intelligence community has evidence that they're beginning to mix the chemicals, that would be quite disturbing. if he did use them, it would not be the first time that a sect leader used them against his own people. that happened in 1980 when saddam hussein used them against the kurds. hopefully that will not happen. >> what should trigger the united states to act to stop him from using them? >> well, i think what the administration has done and is doing is the right course to follow. i think it's fine to put a marker down there and tell the government of bashar al assad that they better not use them. that does raise a credibility problem. any time the president of the united states threatens something, he better damn well be prepared to follow through with it. and the
in the hospital tonight. that's a word from doctors in houston. they say george h.w. bush, bush 41 has been fighting a cough caused by bronchitis and they don't want to send him home too soon. the former president is 88 years old. he has been in the hospital since the day after thanksgiving. former senator bob dole made a rare visit to capitol hill today. appearing frail to observers after recent hospital stay. he is 89 now. he was in d.c. to rally treaty for disability rights. his service in world war ii left his right arm permanently disabled but the former g.o.p. leader could not convince his fellow republicans to accept the treaty. they claim it would give the u.n. too much influence on u.s. policy. the measure failed five votes shy of the needed two thirds majority. the head of fema says the agency will not run out of money for victims of super storm sandy until next spring. he says so far the feds have given out about $2 billion. and he claims there is almost 5 billion left in the disaster fund. but officials in new york and new jersey plus connecticut have asked for more than $80 bil
. houston, texas, breaking a record yesterday of 83 degrees. delaware, georgetown, 73. flint michigan, 65 degrees, all going do come to an end. we have a pattern shift on the way. all of the cold air has been bottled up across canada but a dip in the jet stream and the cold air is going to spill southward so temperatures in the 20's and 30's tonight and into the weekend as things start to change and it feels more seasonal. trace? >>trace: back to normal, good to see you. >> president obama is preparing to ask congress for additional emergency aid money for victims of super storm sandy. the final price tag is $50 billion. that is according to multiple sources in washington, dc but the states hardest hit asked for more, new york, new jersey and connecticut have asked for $82 billion in aid as lawmakers debate spending cuts linked to the upcoming fiscal cliff. the deadly storm destroyed or otherwise damaged hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses knocking out power to millions of people along the northeast coast. be careful what you say in front your television because one day soon it
. houston, texas person here manages the camp and are desperate for international help. >> with winter come are you afraid you won't be able to afford all these people. >> i can say we are trying our best but i don't think we can support all these people ix amid the despair there is dignity here and glimpses of happiness and hope as children sing and dream about a day with no more war. more camp now being built here in syria and across the border in turkey as the conflict approaches the two year mark no sign that this flood of refuse you gee is letting up. >> 2 long years. alex reporting in syria. >> 2 large earthquake today 7. 3 magnitude earthquake on the hit northeast coast of sky pan. same region devastated by a quake and tsunami in march of 2011. japan says this was an after shock of the event. early warnings this time gave coastal resident enough time to head for higher ground. no death. no damage reported. nothing major any way. 6.3 quake rocked the north island of nuss about 200 miles from awbing land. there are no reports of any damage there on new zealand. >> 2 disjockey in
land patriots may be the team to bette beat in the afc. they started strong against houston texas scoring touchdowns on the first three possessions and taking a quick lead. they couldn't over come it. the pats win 42-14. we have an update for you on robert griffin tiii knee injury. coach mike shanahan saying rg 3 has a sprained ligament it's not too bad. he neglected to say if he would play against the cleveland browns this weekend. >> there is something that scarred he loves more than scoring. have you ever thought about something called donkey cheese? they bought a donkey farm in serbia and the entire supply over the year. he plans to use the cheese in his restaurant. >> i love cheese but donkey cheese? >> president obama promised obamacare would save us money? why would it cost every single american 65 more dollars. not a heck of a a lot more. >> now you see them now you don't. amazing technology that would make soldiers invisible. >> 18 minutes before the hour. here's a complete look at headline this is morning. the antenna that will top 1 world trade center making it a whoppi
. >> from boston to houston, these ports represent hundreds of billions of dollars worth of consumer goods that flow for distribution thousands of miles inland. thanks to both sides reaching a nearly last-minute agreement, none will see the picket signs sunday. >> economist worried if we do go off the fiscal cliff, it's now averted strike would have combined for a deadly one-two punch to the u.s. economy. now the overall deal is at 100% signed off on by februar february 6, then we are right back to where we were this morning and again the national retail federation and the florida governor rick scott will be urging president obama to prevent a strike invoking the tap partly act and something not done since president george w. bush did it in 2002. back to you. >> doug: phil keating in miami. the so-called milk cliff that would also kick in to effect the lawmakers can't avoid the fiscal cliff they be averted now. hill source tells fox news and the senate agriculture leaders working on a year long extension of all farm programs. the source noted that the truman era law is so old it would take
president george hw bush. mr. bush is now in intensive care at houston's methodist hospital. a spokesman says he's in guarded condition, alert, talking with medical staff, and he's surrounded by family. he's 88 years old now. he has been in the hospitalÑ"@n% for more than a month with a"@n% fighting a strong fever that got worse this week. doctors put him on a liquid diet this morning. >> sky 7 hd over the scene in san francisco. crews rescued a construction worker after a long fall. the victim was unconscious when firefighters arrived. the man fell 20 feet to the cuttout. a stairwell will be placed in a home, it took 10 minutes for anyone to realize what happened. the worker is hospitalized apparently in critical condition. >> police in alameda investigating the christmas night stabbing that injured four people about 10:15 last night on louie starville avenue. police say a family member stabbed four others after an argument broke out during a holiday gathering. a woman was taken into custody. police say she either used a kitchen or pocketknife. >> we have new information tonight about
at methodist hospital in houston since the day after thanksgiving. he's suffering from a persistent cough stemming from bronchitis. that ailment is painful, but not life-threatening. mr. bush is now 88 years old. >>> longtime former texas congressman jack brooks died in beaumo beaumont, texas today. his career spanned 43 years. he was in the dallas motorcade on november 22nd, 1963, when president john f. kennedy was assassinated. brooks also was there as lyndon b. johnson was sworn in as president. brooks died yesterday after a sudden illness. he was 89 years old. his birth date was next week. >>> still ahead, brothers hitch a ride overnight in montgomery county and one ends up dead. the latest on a bizarre hit-and-run. >>> a contractor criticized on yelp and angie's list for a job. tonight a judge in fairfax ruled on free speech on the internet versus a worker's reputation. >>> the intercounty connector is one year old. how much is it really being used? this is chris gordon. would you drive the icc if tolls were cut in half? i'll have a report ahead. >>> coming up in sports, rg3 getting
energy out of houston of the israel is cutting cypress and greece in on the deal. there was some confusion or some conflict as to who's exclusive economic zone these gas fields were in. israel got ahead of the conflict and cut greece and cypress into the deal so that they would be partnering with israel to exploit these fields rather than competing with israel. sandra: rapidly developing story. to put it in nato secretary-general rasmussen's words, i think now it is only a matter of time. so we'll continue to follow that story. thanks so much for joining us tonight, chris harmer. >> thank you, pressure sandra. pleasure to be here. sandra: handouts to the wind industry have gone so well so why not give them tens of millions more? notice sarcasm out there. they want to build a wind farm completely out ad sea. are think out to lunch? >>> how rising temperatures are threatening to burr i the multibillion-dollar industry. that's coming up. do you ever have too much money? ♪ . copd makes it hard to breathe, but with advai i'm breathing better. so now i can be in the scene. advair is
essentially from portland, maine, down to houston. what does that mean to the u.s. economy? seems we're talking about far more ports than we were in 2002? >> correct, it could be a fairly significant hit on the u.s. economy. everybody who relies on ports, importers, exporters, manufacturers,armers, agricultural exporters, trucking companies, all these industries rely on ports to move the nation's commerce. if the ports shut down, that means nothing moves in or out and essentially that will impact the economy. adam: so the deadline is this weekend. they would go on strike this weekend. last i saw weren't they going to meet with a mediator? is there a way to avert this? will it take action by congress to intervene? >> at this point the two sides are expected to meet the federal mediator at some point between december 29th. we don't know when and where the meeting will take place. at this point we need the president to step in to assure both sides stay at table to continue to negotiate without engaging in supply chain disruptions. adam: can the president take legal action ordering them
houston's death. >> it was a tragic end to an iconic singer's successful but often troubled career. whitney houston who battled with drugs and alcohol for decades, died february 11th in a hotel bathtub at the age of 48. the night before the grammy awards. houston's death was an accidental drowning with the effects of heart disease and cocaine use as contributing factors. ♪ and i >> nischelle turner, cnn, hollywood. [ male announcer ] it's simple physics... a body at rest tends to stay at rest... while a body in motion tends to stay in motion. staying active can actually ease arthritis symptoms. but if you have arthritis, staying active can be difficult. prescription celebrex can help relieve arthritis pain so your body can stay in motion. because just one 200mg celebrex a day can provide 24 hour relief for many with arthritis pain and inflammation. plus, in clinical studies, celebrex is proven to improve daily physical function so moving is easier. celebrex can be taken with or without food. and it's not a narcotic. you and your doctor should balance the benefits with the risks.
of another highway crash, this one in houston, texas, where an 18-wheeler crashed and exploded on a freeway near the airport. the driver was reportedly killed and multiple emergency teams including firemen and hazmat crews are on the scene. gregg: president obama is apparently cutting his hawaiian vacation short heading back to washington tonight to restart the negotiations on the so-called fiscal cliff. if mr. obama and congress can not agree on a stopgap measure, automatic hikes and spending cuts will hit americans jan 1. peter doocy live in washington with more on this peter, what is the latest? >> reporter: gregg, the president said on friday he would see it this week and maybe if lawmakers went back to home districts to drink eggnog and eat cookies and sing christmas carols maybe they would be more in touch with the hardship so many americans are going to face if the fiscal cliff is not avoided. >> there is a mismatch right now between how everybody else is thinking about these problems. democrats and republicans, outside of this town and how folks are operating here and we've just got
. there is another batch that are going to begin to pull in towards the houston area and this tornado watch box in effect until 4:00. you'll get a little brit o bit of a break in these storms. and then potentially looking at large, destructive tornadoes. that's why we are concerned about. look at this temperature right here, 9 degrees in omaha, 24 in oklahoma city. the temps plumb it behind the storm and we still watch the severe weather pull off to the south. we will be dealing with blizzard conditions across parts of missouri. i want to show you this bulls sigh for the threat for severe weather. texas, louisiana, mississippi and alabama. unfortunately on christmas you need to have your plans in place if you need to take carve within moments. kelly: that is very important. good job on fox & friends this morning. you are my favorite weatherman. merry christmas to you. >> reporter: and to you. jaime: the tsunamis are really the only thing they have to worry about generally when it comes to wild weather in hawaii and that is not a concern. president obama is there spending time with his family fo
yesterday watching the houston texans clinch a spot in the nhl playoffs titans in tennessee. desperate search for 11-year-old cancer patient. cops claim this video shows her mother literally pulling her out of the hospital with the equipment even the iv still attached. and the big problem is, there is a piece of equipment in her heart. the race to find young emily is next. plus, a new twist in the case of the millionaire at the center of a massive murder investigation. is he the guy who claimed that somebody poisoned his dogs. and now he says he is on the move again. the mac afee man as fox reports live tonight. h my goodn! oh my gosh, this looks amazing! [ male announcer ] our new maine stays! 15entrees under $15, seafood, chicken and more! oothe tilapiawith roastedegetab! i'm actually looking at the wo grilled chicken with portobello wine sauce. at pork chop was great! no more fast food friday's! we're going to go to red lobster. yep. [ male announcer ] come try our new menu and sea food differently and introducing 7 lunch choices for just $7.99. salad, sandwiches, and more. an 11-ye
into the eastern seaboard. 48 and windy chicago. 48 new york. 52 denver. 56 degrees and mild in houston. next storm system approaching the bay area will skirt along the coast. chance of scattered light showers tomorrow. moves by, catching a brief break, more rain saturday afternoon, overnight into sunday. everyone will get a good soaking. temperatures today mainly in the 50s, 40s at the mountains, and next couple of days looks like we are headed to very active weather pattern, chance of showers for tomorrow. then a chance late in the day on saturday. rainfall expected overnight saturday night into sunday. more rain on the way staying unsettled well into next week. let's check the roads now with gianna. >> it's been a very busy morning as you head toward most of our bay area bridges. some of them are slow, some okay. san mateo bridge live look. we had a busy morning here on the peninsula side all lanes now open following a fatal accident. extra volume, still 17 minutes between 880 and 101. bay bridge metering lights are on, traffic backed up beyond 880 at this point. slow if you are head towards the
and thunderstorms from houston to cleveland and nashville. the storms are going to move east to atlanta and pittsburgh. rain in the pacific northwest. up to a foot in the rockies, and cascade and sierra range. >> 50s from seattle to billings. 38 in the twin city. 70s across the south. >>> time now for our -- boom -- "favorite story of the day." i do love this. anyone who watches the show for a while knows i am a big fan of las vegas. one of the nation's true. >> yeah, yeah, yeah. >> why am i not surprised? >> willis loves it too. one of the nation's true adult playground to put it mildly. this morning a reason to love sin city even more. >> wham, bam, grand slam. new denny's opened. 24-hour joint. has a full bar. >> mm-hmm. >> and since it's vegas, they also have the obligatory weddle chapel. >> yes, yes, yes. >> they offer a range of wedding packages, some including cake made of denny's pancake puppies. i can't think of anything better. >> anyone who spent time in vegas, tell you at least once, denny's has saved their life. i think, it is only right they expand and make it as big, bold
are the top five. whitney houston's death. the singing star died you remember of an accidental overdose back in february. next, were searches about hurricane sandy which of course continues to be in the news today. after that the 2012 election that saw the president reelected to a second term. then came searches about the movie, "the hunger games." the film version of the popular book series by the same name. rounding out the top five basketball player jeremy lin who was a surprise star off the bench for the new york knicks. linsanity was only a trend here in new york as lin plays for the houston rockets. some other top trending searches had to do with the olympics, jon. the song, "gangnam style" and teenage bullying back to you. jon: jeremy lin the top five? >> reporter: number five. jon: interesting. thanks, rick folbaum. jenna: ever feel overwhelmed especially at work, even at home especially this time of year? like you have so much going on between the text-messaging and phone calls and e-mails and skype you simply can't focus? turns out we are distracted, a lot. office workers are inter
condition is not dire. the 41st president remains in intensive care in a houston hospital. he has been in the hospital since november 23rd. >>> in south africa, the granddaughters of nelson mandela say that he is alert and that he's doing well. the former south african president, he is back home after spending eight days in the hospital. >> it's important for people to remember that, you know, he is 95, after all. and that, you know, once in a while he needs, you know, medical care, medical attention. and you know, we're very grateful because, you know, he's surrounded by the best medical team, you know. he's very well taken care of, and he's very comfortable, and he's very happy. >> mandela was treated for a lung infection and underwent gallstone surgery. we're glad everyone is on the mend. >>> heartbreaking development for hundreds of americans trying to adopt children from russian orphanages. well, today president vladimir putin signed a law banning all u.s. adoptions. why? the ban is considered a payback of sorts for an american law passed two weeks ago. now, that law puts financia
expected to see as much as 12 inches. the storm stretches from houston all the way to minneapolis and it's disrupting holiday travel with a 1506-mile stretch of highway between denver and the kansas state line closed for part of the day yesterday. >>> if you get a gift card this holiday season do not forget about it. you could be hit with maintenance fees even though federal law prohibits cards from expiring for five years and depending on the type of card, you could end up paying $15 or more in purchase and shipping fees. according to a survey by bank rate, bank issued cards are the most likely to charge those fees. >>> this just in to cnn the new york stock exchange being sold? alison kosik is at the new york stock exchange so is it being sold and what does this mean? >> well the deal has been made, that still needs regulatory approval but if the deal does go through it would mean the building i'm sitting in, the new york stock exchange euronex will wind up operating essentially under new ownership. intercontinental exchange is looking to buy nyse, the parent of the new york stock exch
they sponsor. hear, hear, hear. you do not have to take cover when we go to break. >>> in houston, meanwhile, a thief got the shock of his life. he was trying to steal copper wires from a church, when he sparked what looked like a small explosion here. so powerful, his bolt cutters became welded to the wires. he got away. and we can only hope, learned a lesson in the process. >>> and this one's for you, george. as washington man, the gridlock, at least congress doesn't look like this. take a look. nothing gets george like a good parliament stepto. members of the ukrainian parliament couldn't decide who they wanted their next chairman to be. so, of course, this is actually, perhaps, in the bylaws. you fight it out. >> usually, that's taiwan. >> it is more exciting than a thumb war. one guy, yes. it did look like he was trying to crowd surf. we've obviously seen chairs thrown. but not today. perhaps progress, if only incremental. >> boy. let's hope it doesn't come to that in washington. >>> we have a different story here, though. >> we have some chilling, new details about the gunman who went
conditions in tampa. yes. i'm stunned. >>> sports stars do many things to please their fans. but the houston rockets' latest effort to sing is pretty embarrassing and thusly is our favorite story of the day. ♪ i made it out of clay and when it's dry and ready ♪ ♪ then dreidel i -- oh, my gosh. >> jeremy lin stumbling through the lyrics in the favorite hanukkah song. >> oy vay. >> shooting bricks. >> linsanity. there we go, folks. i still can't get over that weather news. >>> coming up next, what your last name could be worth. a florida guy sold his last name for $45,000. >> really? >> $45,000. >> i'm thinking nelson would go for -- >> nickels. >>> and looking like a million bucks with help from one of hollywood's top glamour experts. get your style on, it's all coming up. >>> "world news now" weather brought to you by fabreeze air effects. o you by ferbreeze air effects. what they thought. ed real people take a deep breath for me. describe the smell. it's very pleasant. fresh. some kind of flower maybe? remove the blindfold... awww, oh yuck! i didn't smell any of that! febreze air effe
regarding former president george h.w. bush. despite remaining in the intensive care unit at a houston hospital, treated for an elevated feerch elevate ed fever. we have word he's improving. the 43rd president is alert and as always in good spirits. >>> and russia's top diplomat and envoy to syria both say the bloodshed in syria must end. [ shouting ] >> video from thursday when local opposition leaders say more than 150 people were killed. this morning, though, we're learning there's talk of hope, of change, even a transitional government. why? because united nations special envoy lakhdar brahimi is in moscow today meeting with high government level officials about syrian president bashir al assad. he's been involved in a nearly two-year civil war that has seen the death of nearly 40,000 people. bring in a senior fellow at the washington institute for middle east policy. thanks for being with us. we appreciate it. let's talk about president bashar al assad's options even if he did, let's say, want to make it out hastily by syria. by some accounts i understand he wouldn't even be able
. >> reporter: she was ripped off in houston. her laptop, her jewelry all stolen. >> my heart just dropped. somebody had, you know, been in my space. somebody has been through my stuff. >> reporter: police say it was this man, matthew cook who used the same kind of gadget at several hotels. now charged with felony theft, he pled not guilty. so what's being done? the hotel industry and the company that makes the locks have known about the problem since july. says it has broadly communicated available solutions, but five months later, we found this country inn and suites still in the dark. we showed the general manager. >> were you aware of this problem? >> no. >> she says no one ever alerted her to the issue. >> what are you going to say to them? >> i want all my locks changed. >> in a statement onity says safety is the highest priority and all customer requests for these solutions have already been fulfilled or are in the process of being fulfilled. onity has given some hotels a free plastic cap to cover the port. the industry says they work, but not our expert. >> they're silly. they're b
a look at the "morning papers." "houston chronicle," former president george h.w. bush is in the intensive care unit at houston methodist hospital this morning after suffering from what doctors call a stubborn fever. the former president had been hospitalized since thanksgiving for bronchitis and was expected to be released before christmas, but a series of setbacks sent him to the icu on sunday. a bush family spokesman says the former president remains alert and is surrounded by family. >>> "the washington post." nelson mandela was released from a south african hospital last night after nearly three weeks of treatment for a lung infection. the 94-year-old former president is currently recovering in his home in johannesburg, but his doctors have cautioned that he should remain close to medical facilities. >>> "wall street journal." toyota has agreed to a $1.1 billion class action settlement over complaints some of his cars accelerated without warning. owners of 16 million toyota, lexus and scion will be eligible for payments and safety updates depending on the make and
, they say, 50 jobs have left this port, gone to houston, to denver. they don't even want the jobs outsourced to other states much less to other countries. so what these -- what these workers want is going to be tough for these companies to agree to because companies don't want to be bound obviously by what they can do with their workers. >> federal mediator has a big job to do. we'll follow up with you tomorrow and see if any progress will be made. miguel marquez, thank you for us, in long beach. >>> staying in california, north to northern california, also oregon, washington state, getting soaked again by the fourth storm just since wednesday. this dangerous weather made for pretty scary situation for an oregon couple. look at this. see this car? looks like half a car now. narrowly escaped being crushed by a tree. >> it is a miracle. it is hard to believe still that we were in there. that's our car. or was. >> wow. some places have seen nearly two feet of rain in just this past week. dan simon is in lafayette, california. just northeast of oakland, where there is this huge, huge sinkhole. i
international airport. 174 passengers and ten crew members were on board the flight headed from houston to newark when it experienced a mechanical issue. >> that's what i'm trying to tell them. they can pass -- if anything's going on, it will be in the rear of the wing. third door on each side. >> which wing? >> we don't know. >> it's behind the wing where the high/low electrical stuff is. we don't anticipate anything. it's where it needs to be. >> there are only three dream liners flying in the u.s. internationally, another 33. boeing's production of the aircraft was billions over budget, and years late. it's the first commercial airliner featuring lightweight carbon composites. that means it uses less fuel, it doesn't mean fewer concerns. >> make sure they don't see any dischoration. >> they don't see anything abnormal on either side. >> it's important to note, there were no injuries during this emergency landing. united tells cnn the flight's passengers were rebooked on a different plane to newark. boeing says they're going to be troubleshooting and working with united to try to dete
admitted to a houston hospital, former president george h.w. bush remains in stable condition. being treated for a bronchitis-related cough. doctors say the 88-year-old bush continues to improve but they are being cautious with his care. >>> and it was back in 1992 when then president george h.w. bush lost the white house to bill clinton. the same year, yugoslavia started breaking apart, south africans voted to end apartheid and the prince and principles is of wales, better known as charles and diana officially separated. today's flashback comes from nbc nightly news, december 9th, 1992. >>> began as a royal romance but quickly faded. britain's prince charles and lady diana. in the latter years, a troubled marriage and mostly separate lives, she reportedly described it as a loveless misalliance. well, today official word -- the union is over. nbc's rick davis has more tonight from london. rick? >> katie, the last time a prime minister spoke publicly of the troubled lives of the royal family was in 1936. stanley baldwin announced the abdication of edward the viii, today it was about t
riveria. her jet was damaged in a crash in texas and registered to a company in houston. no one was hurt in that incident and friend and family and fans are holding a vig il. >> steve: we are hearing from the family of a british nurse that killed hears after putting through a prank call to kate hiddle ton's appearance-- middleton. >> they miss her every moment of every day . they are really grateful to the support of the british public and the public overseas for the messages and support and kindness. >> steve: as a result of the tragedy the australian radio team behind the call, the show was cancel prankk calls are banned on all shows on the channel . the radio station expected to give $500,000 to the nurse's family. >> eric: right to life places, there are no plates with the opinion available. they voted down pro option that said trust woman. the state attorney general has not decided whether to appeal. >> gretchen: the gird gird bidding adieu to his own country move nothing a new mansion in belg jum. he is taking flight from the president's plan to tax all incomes above 1.2 million at
we're following for you. president george h.w. bush in a hospital in houston this holiday season. doctors saying the oldest living former u.s. president now moved into the spencive care unit after what they call a series of setbacks. they're adding that they are cautiously optimistic about his recovery. >>> hawaii's lieutenant governor brian schatz tapped to fill the seat of the late senator daniel inn way. -- inouye. he had named a congresswoman to preplace him on his death bed, that was his wish. the governor said he made his decisions in the best interests of his party. and second time's a charm, a new poll shows 46% of americans believe the president's job performance will improve in his second term. 22% are preparing for things to get worse, they say. harris: in the country where the government is killing its own citizens, new violence we're learning about in syria. anti-government rebel fighters attacking a government base, and we are learning the international envoy seeking a solution to in this 21-month-old conflict is saying political change is needed immediately to end
a deadly tanker crash shuts down both sides of a busy texas freeway. this was the scene in houston this morning where authorities say a tanker truck overturned and burst into flames just east of the city's main airport. the driver of the 18-wheeler was killed in the wreck. the flames, shutting down both sides of the freeway. the southbound lanes have since reopened. hazmat teams trying to figure out what kind of cargo the truck was actually carrying. there is no word yetcaused this. jamie: well, right now there is word of a high level defection in syria's civil war as the general of the country's military police reportedly switches sides and joins the opposition. ambassador john bolton joining us now, former u.n. ambassador to the united nations fox news contributor. am bass do, great to see you. thanks for joining us. >> good morning. merry christmas belatedly. jamie: merry christmas to you. how significant is this defection away from assad. >> i think it has couple important aspects. this is another high level general. there is political implication there. we'll have to wait and
's not a question of texas versus new york. it's a question of houston versus dallas in terms of differences in what people want and what people are willing to accept. what people think is the appropriate course. even on the last couple of calls we've had someone say we've got to cut spending. someone else said we need more revenue. and if you look at the polls when it comes to the budget everybody wants the government to do just what it's doing now they just want to pay less for it. that's a good trick if you can figure it out. host: gentlemen, thanks so much for joining us this week. and all our information can be found on c-span's fiscal cliff website. up next we'll talk about the president's cabinet and who is in and who is out. and later it's been over a year since the last u.s. troops withdrew from iraq. the we'll ask michael gordon what the status of that country is today. >> a lot of people that i know looking back on the last 40 years will say that ever since apollo the space program has been a job program. how many jobs can we get in your district, in your state? the space shuttle passed b
. >> right. >> houston, dallas had been converted politically by people coming from elsewhere. the intermountain west. so if you halt that, you know, and when you're thinking about latinos as part of a coalition, the key element of that coalition was this mixture of newcomers. latino newcomers and newcomers from other places, particularly if you think to the future of some place like north carolina or georgia, even at congressional district level. so if you halt that, that's one thing. the other question is what do you -- >> or halt it permanently. >> well, no, but for how long? >> slow now. >> we're into a five-year lag, so when does it pick up? how long does it take to get back to the levels of migration that created this political environment, which was created 10 to 15 years ago. and, you know, by the time this latino electorate gets to voting age, you know, will they start voting early? always a question. >> right. >> not, you know, it varies from one cycle to another. very hard to tell. >> right. >> very difficult to understand what mobilizes people when they're young. >
. >>> former president h.w. bush could soon be released from a houston hospital. lisa silver sister is monitoring that. >> hi, candy. good news on that front. the former president is singing, yes, singing with the hospital doctors and nurses. the family is confident he will soon be able to leave. he's in the intensive care unit being treated for an elevated fever. he was treated for complications due to bronchitis. >>> and a move to lower phone bills for federal inmates. sky high rates, a typical 15-minute state-to-state call can can cost $16 because most prisons cost huge commissions to providers. officials say they want to reign in costs. >>> wall street closed lower for the fifth straight friday and ended the week down almost 2% as fear about the fiscal cliff continues. selling gained steam when no progress was reported in the meetings between president obama and congressional leaders. the dow was down 150 point today. the nasdaq and s&p down 15. candy? >> not a way to end a year or start a new one, is it? >> i know. but it's not entirely unexpected considering we get closer and
with the incredible voice, excuse me, whitney houston. >> she was a much-loved singer, dubbed "the voice" sadly died in february, leaving a massive void in the music industry and so much anticipation of her comeback and we're well aware of the well-reported speculation surrounding her death and marriage to bobby brown for 14 years and of course her battle with drug addiction. >> clayton: a really sad end. >> and her legacy will be an amazing one. i think it's going to be her powerful voice that we remember most about whitney and she was definitely the definition of a triple threat, a music car, theater, and she is the only artist to chart seven consecutive billboard top 100 singles ap most awarded artist of all time and i don't think there will never be another whitney. >> clayton: might never be another dick clark as well and as we head into new year's eve we think about dick clark and the tributes with rockin' eve, hosting that show for years. >> absolutely, yes, you're absolutely right. and known as the world's oldest teenager. the radio and tv personality who remains one known for dick clark's n
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